By Elizabeth Nyaguyo
The National Aids Council (NAC) Chief Executive officer Dr Bernard Madzima said its high time that the country gather as much information as possible from the researches so that we craft our interventions among key populations
Madzima said this during 3rd HIV & AIDS Symposium held this week, HIV and AIDS symposium in an effort of providing a platform to academics and researchers to share their studies and results they have done over the years in terms of HIV and AIDS.
Stakeholders who graced the event were the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), CeSHHAR, researchers from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) among others.
In an interview with Sly Media, NAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Bernard Madzima said that this symposium has been put in place for academics and researchers to present their researches because they are going to help in knowing the figures of key population.
“These researches which has been done will really help us in shape the kind of innovations which we will administer to the various key population.
“In Zimbabwe these key populations include the communities like sex workers, adolescence of young women and girls where we note that the prevalence in those groups are really higher
“We want to gather more information as possible from these researches so that we craft our interventions,” he said.
He went on to say that NAC will be screening non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) each time when they are going to do HIV programmes.
“As NAC as we are implementing HIV programmes we also need to screen at community level the NCD’s.
“I am glad to say that we have powered to bought equipment to make sure when ever people go for coordination meeting or any other forums, they are not only tested for HIV but they will have their BP checked at community level.
“So, NAC is supporting a comprehensive approach to service delivery in terms of HIV itself, CD’s and any other diseases.
The Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro urged researchers to be innovative so that they will come up with new ideas that will help them to make things on their own.
“I would like to challenge seasoned researchers to agree on changing our mindset because we want to say made in Zimbabwe.
“He challenged researchers to say who are you waiting for to get the AIDS vaccines for you,” said Dr Mangwiro.